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The Last Keeper of the Light: a dystopian fantasy by Nikki Broadwell – Review by Jana Teppih

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Last Keeper of the Light is a dystopian fantasy by Nikki Broadwell. This is my first encounter with this writer and as I love dystopian stories then I was curious to pick up her version of it! The storyline is inspired by a Hopy Indian prophecy and the writer has so skilfully mixed magic, secrets, mystery, drama and survival. The world that she created is so believable in the current world we live in and it makes it even that more real.
This story is of Sandal who holds the future of the world in her hands. And it is also the story of Jacob who is of comfort to her … they live in the world where millions have died, there has been starvation, disease, radiation and then also natural disasters … it is the world that has gone dark and hope is a commodity that the humans are short of … it is a story that breaks your heart, shutters your world and doesn’t let you go, you want to know if Sandal manages to keep the future intact or we come to an end … I wonder if this was an opening move for a new and unforgettable series that will stand proudly next to the Hunger Games and Maze Runner and …

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The Last Keeper of the Light: a dystopian fantasy by Nikki Broadwell – Review by Erin Wolf

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I give The Last Keeper of the Light: a dystopian fantasy by Nikki Broadwell, 5 stars.

Sandal barely remembers life before the electricity was shut down and everything stopped. She has been living this way for a long, long time. She is now on a journey. She doesn’t exactly know where, but the the light seems to be guiding her. Along the way, she reflects events from her past, both good and bad. But where is she headed? Is it all in her mind?

This was a book like none I have read before. I’ll be honest, the way it started had me leary. I thought it was going to be another survivor after the world ends type book. And yes there is a bit of that, but mainly to build the story. There is so much more going on in this book. Sandal is an incredible character, she went through hell multiple types and came out stronger. She took her happiness where she could get it. She is a survivor and it was wonderful seeing her story. I would love to read more of this world and more of her.

This a dystopian fantasy that I highly recommend for adults of all ages. There are some adult themes in here that to me make it for those over 18, but it is highly worth the time and money to read. You will not regret it!

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The Last Keeper of the Light: a Dystopian Fantasy by Nikki Broadwell – Review by Krystal Gregory

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Last Keeper of the Light, a Dystopian Fantasy by Nikki Broadwell
4 out of 5 stars

Dystopian fantasy books are not my normal go to genres, but this post-apocalyptic story had be drawn in and it would not let me go. Fans of The Hunger Games and the Divergent Series will loves this book from author Nikki Broadwell. While it did take me a bit to get use to the back and forth of the narration between past and present,, once I understood what the authors intent was, I feel easily into the pages.
Sandal and Jacob are the two main characters in this story and theirs is both heartwarming and terrifying all at the same time. Sandal is learning that the world around her is a do or die world. The Do is to survive, and survive she must. Survival is not easy. Everyday is a trial, and the people she meets can be described as the devil incarnate. Jacob on the other hand, is her black knight in shining armor. While he isn’t perfect. He is perfectly what she needs. She finds peace, comfort and solace with Jacob. Their relationship grows. By how much, you will have to read the book to find out.
This world is highly detailed and vastly built. Ms Broadwell gives you just enough to allow your imagination to build the rest without overwhelming you too much. The story is fast paced, so you are never bored, yet you are not feeling as if you cannot keep up. I highly recommend this book.

reviewed by @kgregory

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The Last Keeper of the Light: a dystopian fantasy by Nikki Broadwell – Review by Renee Ullery

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Last Keeper of the Light by Nikki Broadwell

Stars:4

This story is filled to the brim of tragedy, despair, cruelty, and loneliness, but also with hope, love, kindness, and survival. This story follows Sandal after the electricity grid goes down and through the years. Sandal is actually older when the book begins, but we live the past through her memories. I found a lot of this book incredibly sad, but there was always hope and a will to survive that made it worth the read.

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The Last Keeper of the Light: a dystopian fantasy by Nikki Broadwell – Review by Maura Harper

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ummmm, I am rating this as five stars and would rate it a negative 10 for how scared this book makes me feel about our future. IT IS THAT REALISTIC AT THE HEART OF IT ALL.

I read this book today, September 29, 2018 after a very trying week for our country and the divide that is opening further along party lines and humanity. This is one of the best dystopian books I’ve read. It reminded me a lot of a Stephen King novel called “The Stand”.

This story is told from the protagonist’s point of view in both past and present tense. It’s a story that held my attention from beginning to end and I will admit that I skipped ahead a few times because I couldn’t stand the suspense.

The writing is very visual and I was able to read it as if I was watching a movie. I could go on and on and compare and contrast the state of the world today with the state of the world in this story. I could also go on and on about how the author has interwoven so many different elements, but I just don’t want to take away th journey for someone else.

I absolutely recommend this book to friends and family alike.

Review by @mauraharper

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The Last Keeper of the Light: a Dystopian Fantasy by Nikki Broadwell – Review by Elizabeth Sanchez

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Last Keeper of the Light: a dystopian fantasy is the first book I’ve read by Nikki Broadwell, and I really enjoyed it. I was hooked from the beginning, due to the excellent characters, fascinating plot, and descriptive writing. Then, once Sandal started her journey, I wanted to know where she was being led, and what would happen. I love dystopian stories, and found this one to be unique. I loved the Hopi prophesies twisted into the story line. The story takes place in a post apocalypse world, filled with Raiders, disease, starvation, and no electricity. The character’s main focus in life has become just trying to survive. Sandal is such an amazingly strong character, her will and strive to survive keeps her going during these dark and dangerous times. She has had to go through so much in her short life, and was forced to grow up much faster than any child should have to. The emotions are strong while reading about her love, loss, fear, sadness and strength. The ending is amazing, and not one I saw coming. 5 star book, and I look forward to reading more of Broadwell in the future!

Reviewed by @way2gosmartguy

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The Last Keeper of the Light: a dystopian fantasy by Nikki Broadwell – Review by Emily Brockschmidt

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I find myself a little speechless as I have just finished “The Last Keeper of the Light” by Nikki Broadwell. This intense dystopian novel is about Sandal, only a child when the end of days begins, and her life long struggle for survival. Sandal and her people know the grid has gone down but the why is always on her mind. Many times in this book, I see direct correlations to current events in 2018. Nikki Broadwell has woven a beautifully dark tale that rings all too true in parts of the story. Her ability to blend facts with fantasy is wonderful and almost prophetic of a future we may actually be facing. This isn’t a high fantasy filled with creatures that don’t exist, so it’s even scarier for me since the world she laid out is eerily possible. It is a fantasy after all, so some bits you need to keep an open mind about. I’m normally not one to read apocalyptic novels, but the description of this one really hooked me and kept me fascinated until the very end. I wasn’t sure how this book would end but I can tell you I was very surprised. Her vision for this story was truly compelling and even if the ending left me a little out of sorts, I can appreciate how Nikki Broadwell came to it. So, I give “The Last Keeper of the Light” five stars!
Review by @emilybee430

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The Last Keeper of the Light: a dystopian fantasy by Nikki Broadwell – Review by Jenni Bishop

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Last Keeper of the Light: a dystopian fantasy by Nikki Broadwell is a story where the world is no longer what it was and survival is for the fittest and cunning. It is a story of hunger and loss, violence and horrors, fear and longing. It is a story of a world that no longer has humanity, where everything is cold, dark and bleak. This story being set in a post apocalyptic world sees a lot of heartbreak and evil and glimpses that are also heartwarming. It makes you realise that we are lucky to live in a world such as we have and shows what it could be like if things took a turn for the worst. An interesting read.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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The Last Keeper of the Light: A dystopian fantasy by Nikki Broadwell ~ Review by Liz Vrchota

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Nikki Broadwell was a new author to me when I picked up The Last Keeper of the Light, but I can promise you she will be on my radar from now on. I must say this novel really captivated my attention from beginning to end. There was never a dull moment and really it honestly had me thinking deeply throughout.

Based off some great Hopi Indian lore it incorporates dystopian post-apocalyptic thrills that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Sandal was a fun and unique character that I found really compelling and fun to read as well. On top of all the great story plot, and characters, is a great world building and detailed descriptions of a world that may seem so very far away in a reality, but yet you feel as if you are walking alongside the Sandal and experiencing things firsthand. I can’t wait to see what else we will get from Nikki Broadwell!

Review by @lizaileen
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The Last Keeper of the Light: a dystopian fantasy by Nikki Broadwell – Review by Heather Bahm

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nikki Broadwell’s The Last Keeper of the Light is a dystopian fantasy. This science fiction themed novel is that dares to shift what we know to a complete different realm than what we believe to be ahead of us. It pushes to apocalyptic events that create a hallowing view of how lives must be fought for and the difficult paths being embarked. The main character, Sandal, is one that must make unimaginable decisions to survive and how to proceed as new people come in/out of her life as she is on her journey to survive. This novel captures your mind as you’re reading and pulls you into the story. It was very well written and addictive to finish.

Reviewed by @hbahm

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